How Rogers gave some Edmonton fans a night to remember
Collin Loyer had been dating his girlfriend, Kyley, for a couple of years when they scored tickets to watch their hometown Edmonton Oilers take on the Dallas Stars in Game Three of the 2000 Western Conference Quarterfinals.
Down 2-0 in the series, the Oilers needed a win – and they delivered just that.
“Doug Weight scored a hat trick and there were just hundreds of hats raining down,” Loyer recalls. “Ed Belfour was actually hiding in his net as the fans were chanting, 'Belfour! Belfour! Belfour!’”
Seventeen years later, now married, Collin and Kyley still watch the Oilers together; with three kids, they’ve upgraded from Oilers fans to Oilers family.
On December 6, the couple made their way down to Rogers Place, the new home of the Oilers, as winners in the GamePlus™ “100 Years 100 Fans” Contest, which is awarding hockey fans across the country exclusive VIP experiences to celebrate the NHL® Centennial.
Along with fellow winners – Annie Diaz, Warren Melnyk, Sunny Neval, Cody Warta, Peter Seal, and their guests, all from Edmonton – they were given Oilers jerseys, tickets for that night’s game against the Flyers, and a behind-the-scenes tour of the brand new arena.
The biggest stop on the tour? The Oilers dressing room. As the group posed for a picture, the main doors opened to reveal a surprise.
“I was leaning on the door and suddenly it started opening. I moved to get out of the way and Connor McDavid was standing there,” says Loyer. “I was not expecting it at all!”
The Oilers superstar introduced himself to each contest winner, and took the time to sign autographs and pose for pictures. Fellow contest winner Peter Seal was equally as surprised by the sudden appearance of his hockey hero. “I had no words,” Seal says. “I knew there were going to be unique experiences, but getting a chance to meet him really left me speechless.”
Having three sons at home, Collin and Kyley looked forward to reliving the experience with their kids later. “They all love hockey,” Loyer says. “Even our four-year-old loves McDavid!”
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